Principle investigator
Yi Zhang
Assistant Professor
Department of Biomedical Engineering and the Institute of Materials Science
University of Connecticut, Storrs

Postdoc Fellows

Dr. Guangfu Wu (Ph.D, City University of Hong Kong, Jan. 2019 – Now, first/co-first author publications in the group: Science Advances, 2022; Nano Letters, 2022; Angewandte Chemie 2022)

Dr. Yang Song (Ph.D., Kansas State University, Jan. 2021- Now)

Ph.D. Students

Mr. Zhengyan Weng (Georgia Tech/ University of Pennsylvania, Fall 2018 – Now, first/co-first author publications in the group: Angewandte Chemie 2022)

Ms. He Sun (Dalian University of Technology/Dalian University of Technology, Spring 2019 – Now; first/co-first author publications in the group: ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces, 2021)

Ms. Huijie Li (South China Normal University/Sun Yat-sen University, Spring 2019 – Now; first/co-first author publications in the group: ACS Sensors, 2021; Angewandte Chemie 2022)

Mr. Xincheng Zhang (University of Pittsburgh, June 2021- Now)

Mr. Yingqi Qiang (Jilin University/University of Pennsylvania, Fall 2021- Now)

Mr. Vagif Abdulla (Bilkent University, Fall 2021- Now)

Mr. Yuxuan Zhang (Zhengzhou University/Northeastern University, Fall 2021- Now)

Mr. Gavin Fennell (University of Connecticut, Spring 2022- Now; GAANN fellowship)

Research Scientist

Mr. Michael Schneider (University of Connecticut/Brandeis University, Spring 2022- Now)

Master Students

Ms. Yue Cao (Jiangsu University, Spring 2021-Now)

Undergraduate Students

Ms. Alexi Switz (UConn BME, Summer 2021-Now)

Mr. Silas Decker (UConn BME, Fall 2021-Now)


Mr. Ian Heck (Master student, Summer 2019- Dec. 2021, Current Position: Engineer at Johnson & Johnson)

Shuhong Yang (Master student, Fall 2019-Summer 2021, Current Position: Research Associate at the University of Missouri)

Dr. Zan Gao (Nov. 2020-Nov. 2021; Postdoc; Current position: Engineer at II-VI Incorporated)

Megan Richmond (Undergraduate researcher; Current Position: Remediation Engineer at Cook Medical)

Yousuf  El-Jayyousi (Undergraduate researcher; Current Position: incoming Ph.D. student at Princeton University)

Amanda Wilt (Undergraduate researcher; 2021 Outstanding Senior Biomedical Engineer; Current Position: Clinical Associate Representative at Zimmer Biomet)

Jacob Heath (Undergraduate researcher; Current Position: Field Engineer at Abbott)